Parents Arrested After Leaving Child Daughter at Home to Go to Metal Show
A Texas couple were arrested after they left their 11-year-old daughter home alone and drove cross-country to see industrial metal band Godflesh perform in Detroit, Michigan. John Guerrero, 48, and Virginia Yearnd, 39, were taken into custody Monday night (Aug. 27) on a charge of child endangerment in the second degree. They left their child unattended for a day-and-a-half, according to a report from Detroit's Metro Times. The show took place Aug. 22 at El Club in Detroit, and the couple are from Spring, Texas.
The Houston Chronicle reports that authorities were alerted of the situation last Thursday (Aug. 23) by the child's great aunt. When deputies arrived on the scene, they reportedly found her attempting to use the stove to cook for herself. When authorities located the parents, they claimed to have been in Louisiana.
According to the Metro Times:
Court documents state that Yearnd later confessed to having traveled with Guerrero to Detroit to see Godflesh, adding that she had asked her sister to check on her daughter during their absence. However, the child claims no one had provided her with any such information. If convicted, the couple could face up to 20 years in prison.
The Detroit date was in the middle of Godflesh's North American headlining tour. West Coast dates for an additional leg later this year will be announced soon. But if you're going and you have young kids, be sure to book a babysitter.